Mann Middle School is ranked in the "Top 5" in terms of their
contributions to Save Darfur Coalition the past three years.
have been invited to Washington DC June 10 -12 to receive an award in
recognition of their contributions. Two students and two staff members
will be going. The two students won a school essay contest to earn
their spot on the trip. They will head to the capital with their
teachers, Tammy Damrow and Amy Renzelmann.
this year students of Teams 7-1 and 8-1 joined together for this year's
third annual Save Darfur service-learning project/campaign.
studying the Holocaust in their integrated language arts and social
studies classes in spring 2007, students learned about the current
genocide happening today in Darfur. Sudan. Inspired by Gandhi's quote,
"Be the change you want to see in the world," 124 seventh grade Team
7-1 students researched and then created public service announcements,
personal statements and brochures, and wrote letters to Wisconsin
politicians to promote awareness.
They then set out
to fundraise by sponsoring a Dance for Darfur, hosting a brat fry and
bake sale, and placing donation boxes at local businesses.
"Dew for Darfur" promotion was a student-generated idea where students
could buy a can of Mountain Dew for a friend with a special message
indicating their thanks for "dewing" for Darfur. The motivation behind
the campaign was to spread school-wide awareness of the genocide in
Darfur and increase student involvement. Many students also bought and
proudly wore Save Darfur t-shirts and sweatshirts from the Save Darfur
A total of $1,844.66 was raised during the 2007 campaign, and all proceeds were sent to the Save Darfur Coalition.
Mann's second campaign took place in late spring of 2008, with sixth
grade students from Team 6-3 joining the Team 7-1 students in their
efforts to raise money and promote awareness. Expanding on 2007's
successful campaign, this new group of 180 students participated in a
bowl- a-thon and added a car wash to their second annual Save Darfur
brat fry/ bake sale. The Dew for Darfur campaign was tweaked by adding
the sale of orange soda cans, making the new slogan, "Orange you gonna
Dew for Darfur?"
The $3,445.27 raised by this group
was donated to Dollars for Darfur in the fall of 2008. The students
were notified in January that their efforts would be recognized by
being featured as the February 2009 School of the Month for the Dollars
for Darfur National School Challenge.
This year the
students' third campaign took place throughout the end of April. This
year's projects involved seventh graders from Team 7-1, along with
eighth graders from Team 8-1.
Many of this year's
students are veterans from last year's group. A "Have A Heart"
promotion took place during lunch with students purchasing Valentine
treats for their friends, encouraging them to "Have a Heart" for the
children suffering in Darfur. Another new fundraising idea was a Save
Darfur t-shirt design contest. T-shirts featuring the winning design
were sold school wide. A third "Dew for Darfur" campaign and a Dance
for Darfur was held in March. In April, a brat fry/bake sale and
pledges were raised for their second bowl-a-thon.
goals this year was to focus on getting the Sheboygan community
involved. The students raised $6,545.97 by the April 30, 2009 deadline.
For more information on the Darfur genocide or to make a donation on behalf of Horace Mann Middle School, visit www.savedarfur.org where there is also a photographic presentation featuring Horace Mann students and their service-learning project in action.